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Recapping The Week And Live Blogging A Record That Means Exactly Squat Compared To 12 In ‘12

So the little leather-clad wizard with the gypsy hook nose decided it would be A-ok if James F. Tiberius Howard, esq. played in the ASG.  Reaction? Too little, too late Gary.  Keeping him off the initial list of nominees then plopping him in the game because he proved what we knew all along is nothing more than affirmation of how ridiculous the game, the league and the mini-commish all are.  I’d prefer JFTH had the chance to rest.  His emotional and physical fitness in May will be the deciding factor when baby Jesus makes his final decree as to whether our magnificent chalice returns to its rightful home in Hockeytown.

Speaking of dickheads, the Ottawa writer with the stupid hair who feels Nick Lidstrom slighted the hockey world by opting out of Gary’s barnyard folly? Well he can suck it because Voox told him to.  Greg Wyshynski, naturally, took the side of the Ottawa infant and joined in the criticism because ripping the Wings is what he hangs his hat on and it’s the easy…wait a second.  You wait one damn minute.  No he didn’t.  PD actually offers a well-reasoned piece on why it could be construed as a bad move but ultimately is nothing compared to the shitbag of a situation the midget piss pocket created in 2009.

Yahoo

Is it essential that Teemu Selanne and Nicklas Lidstrom participate in 2012? I’d say “no”; if nothing else, if allows younger talent (Corey Perry, perhaps Dan Girardi) to have their spotlight.

Had Lidstrom and Selanne been voted in by the fans, this is a different conversation. Ditto if Lidstrom hadn’t gone beyond the call and captained an All-Star team last season.

Give credit to Warren for voicing what is an extreme minority opinion on this matter, but it’s misguided.

Concur.  And the game is a joke.  Good on TPH for skipping it. If our wonderboy James had made the same choice, I’d be applauding him with two hands clapping into one another like the cymbals Gary.Ass played in various JV marching bands all the way through college.

So the Wings win tonite and they secure the most meaningless record in Red Wing history, their 15th consecutive victory on home ice.  I find it hard to explain how little I care about that compared to seeing this team get better with each passing game.  The game itself matters because of the Central race and the absolute necessity to gain the best possible seed.  The record is insignificant.  Winning is not.  Fixing the power play is not.  Staying healthy is disgustingly critical.

12 in ‘12 is really the only record that matters, bitches. So Live Blog it.

 

 

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Pavel Datsyuk is the best hockey player ever in the world.

Yes, he is. And, he is on our Team.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/16/12 at 10:25 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

He’s going to make a wonderful father. Pipe, Slippers, Kittens. Lovely.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/16/12 at 10:27 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

SOG after one all tied up 11-11

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/16/12 at 08:24 PM ET

Couldn’t tell by the score.  Miller is really having a down year.  Three goals on eleven shots isn’t so good.  But, other than an ugly power play, that was a pretty good 20 minutes by the Wings.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 01/16/12 at 10:27 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Much better to obsess over a player who has only played 5 games…

Let me guess, Linus Omark?  Fabian Brunnstrom?  Okay, I give up.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/16/12 at 10:28 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Hard to appreciate that Jimmy kept the Wings ahead by one for much of that period.  With awesome diving help from Stuart, the best goalie out there without a glove.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/16/12 at 10:29 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Miller is really having a down year.

Being a Sabre doesn’t help, and, that scumbag Lucic hit seems to have had an impact.(no pun intended)

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/16/12 at 10:31 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Fuch man, Bernie Parent’s having a better year than Miller, dude’s got a great save record after that Alumni stint.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/16/12 at 10:31 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

With awesome diving help from Stuart, the best goalie out there without a glove.

Posted by RWBill from Jerry Sandusky’s defense team. on 01/16/12 at 08:29 PM ET

He continues to keep Conklin buried at #3 on the depth chart.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/16/12 at 10:32 PM ET

calquake's avatar

If you knew that Stuart would be a UFA at season’s end and he told you he was leaving, would you trade him to a California team for good prospect at the trade deadline?

Posted by calquake on 01/16/12 at 10:33 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

He continues to keep Conklin buried at #3 on the depth chart.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/16/12 at 08:32 PM ET

Sad but true.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/16/12 at 10:34 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

If you knew that Stuart would be a UFA at season’s end and he told you he was leaving, would you trade him to a California team for good prospect at the trade deadline?

Posted by calquake on 01/16/12 at 08:33 PM ET

Absolutely not.  He’s very needed for a long playoff run.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/16/12 at 10:35 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

If you knew that Stuart would be a UFA at season’s end and he told you he was leaving, would you trade him to a California team for good prospect at the trade deadline?

No. The only exception being in the right deal for Bobby Ryan.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/16/12 at 10:35 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

would you trade him to a California team for good prospect at the trade deadline?

do not even want to think about that. just glad ken is paid the big bux to make decisions like thatl

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/16/12 at 10:35 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

If you knew that Stuart would be a UFA at season’s end and he told you he was leaving, would you trade him to a California team for good prospect at the trade deadline?

Posted by calquake on 01/16/12 at 08:33 PM ET

for a prospect?  Hell and No!  For a top flight, NHL-level replacement, maybe.  I care way too much about 12 in 12 for that.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/16/12 at 10:36 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

SCORING CHANGE

19:43 Nicklas Lidstrom (9) Wrist Shot - Assists: T. Bertuzzi (14) & P. Datsyuk (35)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/16/12 at 10:37 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Just popping in to say hello, bitches. 

Great start on the only Stat sheet that really matters.

LGRW

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/16/12 at 10:37 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Dreaded 3 goal lead. I love Mickey.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/16/12 at 10:37 PM ET

RWBill's avatar


If you knew that Stuart would be a UFA at season’s end and he told you he was leaving, would you trade him to a California team for good prospect at the trade deadline?

Posted by calquake on 01/16/12 at 08:33 PM ET

No, and stop making me think.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/16/12 at 10:37 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Hey there Capt. DP… still gettin’ healthy with the two-wheel thing?
Posted by calquake on 01/16/12 at 08:25 PM ET

Yup. I signed up for something called the Torture Clinic. It’s twice a week for the next nine weeks to get me in shape for a ride called Breathless Agony (114 miles 12,000 feet of climbing). And I’ll be pedalling past your mountain hideaway on Forest Hwy 95 on May 19th in an event called the Heartbreak Hundred.

The better half thinks I’m slightly nuts.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/16/12 at 10:37 PM ET

calquake's avatar

I agree with all of you… which means I could easily run for Congress. cheese

Posted by calquake on 01/16/12 at 10:38 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

No. The only exception being in the right deal for Bobby Ryan.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/16/12 at 08:35 PM ET

Bobby Ryan would be quite nice as a Wing.  But I really like Stuart, and seeing him as a *uck would be horrible.  ~shudder

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/16/12 at 10:38 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

If you knew that Stuart would be a UFA at season’s end and he told you he was leaving, would you trade him to a California team for good prospect at the trade deadline?

I don’t think Stuie would go, it’s clear he has a lot of love for this team, it’s just he can’t deal with being away from his family, it’s situational y’know? The only way I could possibly see Tick Tock doing that would be if Anaheim had someone really impressive to send back in return.
(it wouldn’t be a Sharks trade, they don’t want that to deal with come playoff time).

No, I think the respectful thing on all sides will be for 23 to go west as a UFA at the end of the season after a nice, long playoff run, a big thankyou and then pop him in the post.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/16/12 at 10:39 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

The better half thinks I’m slightly nuts.

I enjoy biking quite a bit and I think you’re completely nuts. But good for you and best of luck.


holy Bert. Spin-o-tuzzi

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/16/12 at 10:39 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

If you knew that Stuart would be a UFA at season’s end and he told you he was leaving, would you trade him to a California team for good prospect at the trade deadline?
Posted by calquake on 01/16/12 at 08:33 PM ET

Abso freakin lutely. Better to get something for him. Players are assets. why let a valuable asset go for nothing?

Way to go Unabomber.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/16/12 at 10:39 PM ET

calquake's avatar

The better half thinks I’m slightly nuts.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 01/16/12 at 08:37 PM ET

She’s not being totally honest with you.

Posted by calquake on 01/16/12 at 10:39 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

This isn’t even fair.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 01/16/12 at 10:40 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Holy freaking crap.  Nuther viagra pass by pavs and a Bertuzian spinorama.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/16/12 at 10:40 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Holy hell Datsyuk is just amazing.  #44 with the goal!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/16/12 at 10:40 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Unibomber!  The top line is earning their pay tonite.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/16/12 at 10:40 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Sick, Sick goal by Bert!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/16/12 at 10:40 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

burt is playing like he needs more head gear.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/16/12 at 10:40 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Yup. I signed up for something called the Torture Clinic. It’s twice a week for the next nine weeks to get me in shape for a ride called Breathless Agony (114 miles 12,000 feet of climbing). And I’ll be pedalling past your mountain hideaway on Forest Hwy 95 on May 19th in an event called the Heartbreak Hundred.

The better half thinks I’m slightly nuts.

This the thing in Colorado? My best friends Dad’s flying out especially. Sounds absolutely nuts. Good luck man!

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/16/12 at 10:40 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Helmer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/16/12 at 10:41 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

TAZ!

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/16/12 at 10:41 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Pile it on bitches. Helm does it.

Glad I sat Miller in fantasy league

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/16/12 at 10:41 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Helmer! Bub-eye to Ryan.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/16/12 at 10:41 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

04:19   DET   Todd Bertuzzi Backhand - Assists: none

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/16/12 at 10:41 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Totally sick pass by Miller.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/16/12 at 10:41 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

And god adds #5.  OMG

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/16/12 at 10:42 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Helm from Miller….sweet play!!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/16/12 at 10:42 PM ET

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